It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY
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The cyborg historians of the future will claim that 2013 was the year that television stopped being television. Not because there weren’t great TV shows. In fact, there was a greater diversity of good shows than ever before, on broadcast and cable and beyond. But I do mean “beyond”: This was the first year when some of the best TV shows weren’t properly on TV.
Netflix launched big with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and the mosiac reboot of Arrested Development. (Adorably, they’re still producing Lilyhammer, the Remember WENN of this particular revolution.) READ FULL STORY
Did you miss Sunday night’s episodes of The Walking Dead, The Good Wife or Homeland? Catch up with EW’s TV Recap below.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Do not read if you have not seen The Walking Dead!
Discuss Sunday’s episode below! Here’s a breakdown of what went down during the fourth midseason finale… READ FULL STORY
What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? The first week of December means holiday programming is in full cheery swing with an SNL special, a CMA caroling fest, and a Sound of Music live reboot. But it’s still early, so don’t let the Christmas fever get out of hand. Casey Affleck fights to the bone in Out of the Furnace, in theaters this Friday. And you’ve got zombies to deal with in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead tonight.
All times listed are Eastern.
The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC mid-season finale
Will slow and steady win the zombie race for TWD‘s mid-season finale? Will a Governor/Rick prison face-off give fans a thrilling (albeit familiar) end? Be sure to catch up on all of this season’s slow-growing action with Maricela Gonzalez’ recaps.
CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special featuring country stars performing treasured Christmas tunes. The lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and more.
Concerned about shortening attention spans? Take heart! The highest-rated show on television is also one of the slowest shows in recent TV history. The first five episodes of The Walking Dead‘s fifth season constituted a miniseries about a plague; the most recent two episodes are a mini-miniseries, The Ballad of the Governor. Neither of them had enough plot to fill half of your average episode of Scandal. The overall sense of stasis is heightened by the fact that — as EW’s Walking Dead recapper Maricela Gonzalez pointed out on Monday — tomorrow night’s midseason finale looks suspiciously similar to the third season finale.
Clearly, audiences are responding to The Walking Dead‘s let’s-call-it-gradual pacing. So we got to wondering: What if you applied the narrative innovations of this season of Dead to other TV shows past and present?
Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod and Abbie take a drive upstate to investigate some mysterious deaths. They’re joined by boring new character, Rob Stokely, played by The Wire‘s Wood Harris. The drive takes three episodes, which mostly focus on Rob’s struggles with alcoholism. (Will they ever arrive at their destination? What tension!) After that, there’s an two-episode story arc featuring a long Headless Horseman flashback. In the first episode, the Headless Horseman grows a head and moves to Nyack. In the second episode, he cuts his own head off and moves back to Sleepy Hollow. READ FULL STORY
With the fourth midseason finale of The Walking Dead less than one week away, fans are gearing up for an epic showdown between the Governor and Rick as they stand off in a battle for the Prison. Wait, what season is this?
This isn’t the first time the Governor and his crew faced off against Rick and the gang. The former leader of Woodbury first became interested in the Prison back in season 3, when he learned Rick’s group cleared out the stronghold, after interrogating Maggie in “When the Dead Come Knocking.” He then attacked the Prison, failing to take control of it after two heavily armed assaults. Perhaps for the Governor, the third time is the charm.
After enjoying — or enduring, depending on your perspective — two episodes focusing on the Governor, The Walking Dead seems to be heading into familiar territory. Are you pumped that the Governor is back making the lives of those in Rick’s group a living hell? Or are you by bored by the constant rehashing of the Governor’s plans to take the Prison for himself?
Exercise your civic duty (unlike the people in the Governor’s camp) and vote in the poll below!
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Did you miss Sunday night’s episodes of The Walking Dead, The Good Wife or Homeland?
Catch up with our spoiler-y TV recap video below! READ FULL STORY
As far as I can tell, Greg Nicotero does pretty much damn near everything on The Walking Dead. He executive produces, he directs, he heads up the incredible zombie make-up team, he even acts from time to time as one of the walkers. Like I said — everything. And for the third straight year, he also has found time in his busy schedule to direct a series of webisodes leading into the season (which premieres Oct. 13). Well, those newest webisodes —titled The Oath — were just released and you can watch them right here and right now! Mythology buffs will be happy to know that, like the first season webisodes titled Torn Apart (which told the tragic origin story of Bicycle Girl), this new batch also brings viewers back to events right after the outbreak, which leads to the revisiting of a very iconic setting from the pilot episode of the series. READ FULL STORY
Spin-off! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? AMC clearly hopes not. The network just greenlit a Breaking Bad spin-off focusing on comic-relief lawyer Saul Goodman. Hopes are high for the show — currently untitled, although everyone on Twitter has made an executive decision to call it Better Call Saul. Executive producer Vince Gilligan and star Bob Odenkirk are trustworthy, eccentric creative types who will guarantee this isn’t just Breaking Bad‘s version of Joey. The worst-case scenario is that it turns out like Gilligan’s last spin-off, The Lone Gunmen, a gonzo-goofball misadventure that is also the kind of show that — in our postmodern post-television TV era — could probably earn a devoted fanbase and run for five seasons on a cable network.
But for AMC, greenlighting a Breaking Bad spin-off probably just makes good financial sense. This final season of Breaking Bad has gotten series-high ratings and has dominated late-summer social media chat. The network — which is losing Bad in three weeks and Mad Men next year — wants that fanbase to stick around. It’s nothing new for a network that already pioneered the after-show spin-off concept with The Talking Dead, the Walking Dead talk show shot in Chris Hardwick’s basement, which gets more ratings than at least one major broadcast network. If Better Call Saul works — And it will, won’t it? Oh do please say it will, Mary Poppins! I do believe in fairies! — maybe the network should start thinking about some other spin-off possibilities. Forthwith, some suggestions:
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